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THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN THEAMERICAN REVOLUTION

CHAPTER II

THE ADMINISTRATIVE MACHINERY OF THE ARMY

COMMISSION OF THE SECRETARY AT WAR 1

George R

GEORGE the Third by the Grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland Defender of the Faith etc. To Our Right Trusty and Welbeloved Councillor Thomas Townshend Esqr. Greeting. We being well satisfied with your Loyalty Integrity and Ability do hereby constitute and appoint you Secretary at War to all Our Forces raised or to be raised in Our Kingdom of Great Britain and Dominion of Wales You are therefore by Virtue of this Our Commission to receive the said Place into your Charge and you are diligently to intend the Execution thereof and faithfully and duly to execute and perform -all things incident and belonging thereto and you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as you shall from Time to Time receive from Us or the General of Our Forces for the Time being according to the Discipline of War in pursuance of the Trust reposed in You and Your Duty to Us. Given at Our Court at St. James Is the twenty seventh day of March 1782 in the Twenty second Year of Our Reign.

By His Majesty's Command

Shelburne

The Right Hon'ble Thos Townshend Secretary at War


ROYAL SIGN MANUAL ORDER TO THE ORDNANCE BOARD FOR THE ISSUE OF ARMS 2

George R.
Whereas it has been represented unto Us that the under-mentioned Arms are wanting for the respective Regiments of Horse and Dragoons against each of their names set down to replace the like number broke and lost at the battle of Fontenoy, and at the skirmish at Clifton. Our Will and Pleasure therefore is that out of the Stores remaining within the Office of Our Ordnance under your charge, you forthwith cause the said Arms to be delivered to the respective Colonels or to their order, and you are to take the usual Indents for the same, and insert the charge thereof in your next Estimate to be laid the Parliament. And for so doing this shall be as well to you as to all other Our Officers herein concerned a sufficient Warrant.

Given at Our Court at Kensington, the 29th day of August, 1746, in the 20th year of Our reign,

By his Majesty's command,
"Holles Newcastle.

To our right trusty and right entirely beloved cousin and councillor, John Duke of Montagu, Master-General of Our Ordnance.
Earl of Hartford's...Carbines 84...Pairs of Pistols 80
General Honeywood's...Carbines29...Pairs of Pistols 21
Major-General Bland's...Carbines 33...Pairs of Pistols 16...Bayonets 43

1 W.O. 25:37, p. 1.

2 Clode, 1, 674.